Getting Around Mountain View

Walking, Bicycling and riding in Mountain View

Mountain View is served by a diverse and high-quality transportation network.

In addition to a robust and well-maintained network of local streets, motorists have easy access to U.S. Route 101, State Highway 85, California State Route 237, El Camino Real (California State Route 82), and Central Expressway (County Route G6).

Mountain View’s award-winning Downtown Transit Center, at the corner of Castro Street and Evelyn Avenue, serves as an intermodal transit hub for pedestrians, bicyclists, Caltrain commuter rail service, VTA light rail and public transit services, and public and private shuttles.

More than 6 miles of joint-use pedestrian and bicycle trails link neighborhoods, employment centers, schools, transit and other destinations throughout Mountain View.

Municipal Code Update on Bikes and Transportation Devices

The City of Mountain View is considering an update to the municipal code on the use of bicycles, e-bikes, scooters and other transportation devices on City streets and sidewalks.  How should we balance the needs of various users of our sidewalks and streets, including pedestrians?  City staff held a community workshop on May 17, 2018, and will consider this input as they draft guidelines for B/PAC and public review later in 2018.  For more information, contact Public Works at 650-903-6311.  Comments may also be e-mailed to public.works@mountainview.gov.

PILOT Bike Share Program

On May 8, 2018, the City of Mountain View launched a dockless bike share pilot program.  This one-year pilot program aims to encourage the use of bicycles to support the City of Mountain View’s goals of embracing sustainable living, providing new options for first- and last-mile trips, and encouraging a healthy economy while minimizing traffic and parking congestion.

Unlike previous programs, dockless bike share does not require the City to make costly investments in docking infrastructure.  Instead, locking and navigational technology is integrated into the bikes, which are located and rented out using a smartphone app or pin pad.  The private bike share operators will monitor parking activity, keep bikes in working order, and promptly move bikes (or incentivize users to do so) if they are in the wrong place.  The City has also established specific requirements for the bike share pilot program including:

• a maximum citywide fleet of 800 bicycles (400 per provider);

• parking only in the furniture zone (see diagram below) of the public right-of-way so as not to interfere with pedestrian travel and universal access;

• restricted and geofenced parking areas along Castro Street, San Antonio Road and the Transit Center (such as near the flag pole at Centennial Plaza);

• 24-hour customer service lines for anyone to report issues or concerns; 

• data sharing requirements to help City staff evaluate the program.

 

See permits and licenses for terms and conditions.  Bike share restricted and designated parking areas are illustrated here.

 

City staff have selected two operators to participate in the pilot program—LimeBike (888-546-3345) and ofo (844-289-9747).  LimeBike will be rolling out 400 green e-bikes and ofo will have 400 yellow standard bikes in service.  Operators are also working with Parks staff to identify additional possible staging areas near trailheads, City parks and Shoreline Amphitheater.

Pricing is set by the participating bike share companies and is not determined by the City of Mountain View. As of May 15, 2018, the pricing is as follows:

Lime-E (electric bike)

ofo (standard bike)

Pricing model

$1 to unlock + $0.15 per minute

$1 per 30 minutes

e.g. a 15 minute trip would be:

$2.25

$1.00

e.g. a 30 minute trip would be:

$5.50

$1.00

e.g. a 1 hour trip would be:

$10.00

$2.00

Passes/promos/specials

ofo passes provide unlimited rides up to 120 minutes each; additional fees apply after 120 minutes.

Daily Pass

N/A

Consider 2 Day Pass below

2 Day Pass

N/A

$5

Monthly Pass

N/A

$25

3 Month Pass

N/A

$49

Yearly Pass

N/A

N/A

Coupons

As available.

First 5 rides in MV free upon signup


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to this opportunity to improve options for convenient bike access and sustainable living in Mountain View.  Please let us know if you have general input on the pilot program or contact the operators to report specific issues or concerns.

Major Plans and Studies

Additional reference materials are available at the Reference Desk at the Mountain View Public Library.

Walking, Biking and trail Maps

The City of Mountain View provides this existing and planned bikeway network information as advisory only.  The City encourages all bicyclists to choose when and where to ride according to their ability and experience, and guide children accordingly.  The City updates the maps periodically so current bikeway network conditions may not be reflected:

Community Shuttle

The Mountain View Community Shuttle is free for everybody. You can board a shuttle at one of 50 stops throughout town 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, including map and schedule, visit the Mountain View Community Shuttle website.

Suggested Routes to Schools (VERBS)

The City was awarded a three-year, $500,000 Vehicle Emissions Reductions Based at Schools (VERBS) grant in 2010 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around schools and encourage bicycling and walking to schools through age-appropriate educational programs for Grades K-12. The City recently completed activities associated with that grant-funding period.

Mountain View has been awarded another $500,000 grant to continue its VERBS program for another three years (through June 2017).

Additional information/data regarding the City's VERBS program is available here.

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Bike Lanes and Trails

Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (B/Pac)

The City's B/PAC is an advisory body to the City Council on matters relating to bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The B/PAC members advise and make recommendations to the City Council on policy, proposed improvements, and the operation and maintenance of the City's bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Bike Friendly Community

bike trailMountain View was designated a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2012 by the League of American Bicyclists, an upgrade from the Bronze-Level award the City held since 2004. The Silver-Level award recognizes the City’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. Mountain View is one of only 242 communities across the country to be designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community.

Bicycle Friendly Business

Become a Bicycle Friendly Business! The League of American Bicyclists recognizes businesses for their efforts to encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for bicycling employees, customers and the community through its Bicycle Friendly Business program. To learn more or apply, click here

BIKE CLASSES

The Mountain View Public Library offers free bike education classes.

BIKE MONTH                                                                                                        

The City Council has proclaimed May 2016 as Bike Month.


Bike Rack Locations

For locations of bike racks in downtown Mountain View click here.

Bicycle shelter/ bicycle Lockers

Please note that the bike lockers located on the Mountain View Caltrain platform are not City of Mountain View bike lockers; those are Caltrain lockers—click here for Caltrain Lockers.

The City offers rent-free, short-term bicycle storage. Spaces are available in the bicycle shelter located at the Downtown Transit Center at the corner of Castro Street and Evelyn Avenue, or at one of the many bicycle lockers found throughout Mountain View’s downtown.

Renting a locker or shelter space is easy. Bring a valid California Driver License, ID card (California only) or passport, a description of the bike to be locked/parked, the bike’s serial or identification number, and $25 for a one-time refundable deposit, to the Public Works Department located on the first floor of City Hall at 500 Castro Street. Once you complete and sign a rental agreement and pay the $25 deposit, you will receive your shelter access code within 72 hours or a bike locker key.  (Currently there is a waitlist for bicycle lockers.  If you would like your name added to the list, please contact the Public Works Department.)

The Public Works Department can be reached at (650) 903-6311 or public.works@mountainview.gov if you have any questions or need additional information.

Cycling/walking Links

The following links provide helpful information regarding bicycle safety and other resources.

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